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Gaboury v. Gaboury

Superior Court of Pennsylvania
988 A.2d 672 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2009)


Facts

Lisa Gaboury (plaintiff) met Christopher Gaboury (defendant) online. Lisa lived in Canada, and Christopher lived in Texas. Lisa and Christopher moved to Pennsylvania, where they were married. Lisa and Christopher rented housing in Pennsylvania for 32 months until they moved to Wisconsin. The following year, Lisa and Christopher separated. Lisa moved back to Pennsylvania, and Christopher remained in Wisconsin. Lisa filed a petition for divorce in Pennsylvania. The petition included economic claims for alimony and for the equitable distribution of marital property. Lisa and Christopher did not have any children, and all of their marital assets were located in Wisconsin. The trial court granted Lisa’s petition for divorce but dismissed her related economic claims, finding that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over Christopher. Lisa appealed.

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